On August 17, 2023, a U.S. Marshals Task Force approached a residence in an attempt to locate a fugitive wanted for shooting a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy several days prior. As they made entry into the residence, the fugitive opened fire on the officers from the second story with a .9mm handgun. Deputy Shaun O’Bannion was shot in the shoulder and back. Officers were able to tactically retreat and officers, including Deputy O’Bannion, held the perimeter until SWAT arrived. Deputy O’Bannion’s Safariland Shift 360 Carrier Ballistic shoulder strap with MR02 armor deflected the shot to his shoulder and his Hardwire Model 3000 plate stopped the round to his back. The fugitive was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff.
We welcome Deputy Shaun O’Bannion as SAVE #2179 to the Safariland Group SAVES Club.